Is there an agency or group that calls elderly individuals on a daily basis to make sure they are basically alright?

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Daily phone or physical contact for elderly in the Prince Frederick area. Is there an agency or group (fire department, sheriff's department, local police, utility company or volunteer group) that calls elderly individuals on a daily basis to make sure they are basically alright and make physical contact if the person fails to answer after a prescribed number of call attempts?

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Source HIPAA: “Health information means any information, whether oral or recorded in any form or medium, that–
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(B) relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of any individual, the provision of health care to an individual, or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual.”{end Q}
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Short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, HIPAA provides national standards to protect the privacy of personal health information. To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, Public Law 104-191, included "Administrative Simplification" provisions that required HHS to adopt national standards for electronic health care transactions. Congress incorporated into HIPAA provisions that mandated the adoption of Federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information. [Source: HIPAA Overview (PDF0
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A phone call to see if a person needs assistance is a tad beyond HIPAA imco. However be aware that health information is private.
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I had suggested that a list of the names and numbers could be given to the senior citizens that get together daily to play games and such. But there is a problem with HIPPA because of disclosure of personal data, get it?

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Yes UncleDave I too cant see how HIPPA would come into play after all you are not sharing medical info just sharing if someone picks up the phone. Interesting conversation. Also the person who has the movement monitoring system could you pls share the name without that its of no help.
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Mulata88......please explain {Then again, there's HIPPA......}. as it applies to a wellness call services.
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Then again, there's HIPPA......

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It would be a fantastic idea, but like most things "today", if there is no $$$ benefit, then no one cares...............so sad..................

Maybe the local senior center, where seniors play cards and bingo and such. A phone list could be made by the office personnel at the center, and divided among volunteers.

Part of the "play time" could be performing such calls. They get together for breakfast and lunch here locally.

It could be printed in the form of a checklist, where there was an answer, or not.

I tell you, it is a GOOD idea...........if there are benefit$ for the one$ involved.

M 8 8 - - - - It really should / could be part of the subscription / fees for the monitoring companies. Asking them if they would cannot hurt. It would keep them busy, and if one is paying for a service, why not get more for the $$$ ?

Anyway, just here thinking out loud. M 8 8
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Way back in the 70's my grandmother was the "Sunshine" woman for the local senior citizen club in our town. She would call members who had missed meetings as well as calls to shut-ins in the community. Certainly start there in your town, who knows there might be a program already in place!
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Repeating my earlier post .. plus..
There just is no substitute for a person to person wellness check.

My sister Marion had a fall alarm pennant. It did not rescue her.
My wellness phone call resulted in the police finding her.

{Q} Having recently made a wellness check phone to a 93 year old sister. M lived alone in a housing authority apartment.
I called her every day around supper time, short touch base calls. Often she would have gone to bed.

One night I called, no answer, probably in bathroom, waited a few minutes and repeated call. No answer, assumed she had go to bed for night.
Next morning I called again. No answer. I called 911 and requested a wellness check. They responded along with housing security. Police Found her on floor in bad shape. Transported her to ER. Died two day later. {End Quote}

The rescue alarm did not help. Motion sensors would not have helped. It takes a People to initiate a check.

We need a formal scheduled manned wellness checking system with a person making the check. KISS applies.
The wake up services that make phone calls seem to be a logical source of wellness calls. Maybe they don't want the added responsibility.
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Yes, some of the hospital volunteer groups will do this. If the senior registers with the local police station, they will do wellness calls (at least in our hometown). The local senior centers. We typically recommend a life alert button that detects a fall. The call will go to people they have registered, a neighbor or friend nearby.
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Maybe you could get your church to start such a program if they don't have it. I think it is a good thing to do! I would like something like this for myself!
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